Recent studies suggest that there is a change in women’s perception of their overall beauty. Over 80% disclosed that although they desire to look attractive and younger-looking, they also want to look as natural as possible in order to better reflect their inner appeal. For over 17 years, double board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been one of the most sought after physicians in the field of cosmetic surgery. Patients from around the globe have helped build his phenomenal reputation and he believes in minimum procedures with maximum, natural results. His goal is to help each patient achieve their optimal beauty by enhancing their own unique assets. Dr. Moelleken’s artistic judgment and ability has been proven by thousands of successful cosmetic surgical procedures and he feels privileged to have a profession that combines his interests in medical science and creativity with his desire to successfully help others. He is dedicated to achieving excellent results for each patient through careful planning, attention to detail, advanced techniques, and a model that focuses on the physician-patient relationship.
From his Neo Surgery Center, located in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Moelleken and his professional staff are committed to the personal care they warmly extend to each and every patient. Dr. Moelleken is constantly pursuing the latest techniques while treating men and women with a broad range of cosmetic imperfections that allow a rapid recovery while delivering the results his patients want. He believes that it takes expertise in medicine combined with skill to consistently perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures including nonsurgical minimally invasive techniques that will give you a rejuvenated look. One field that continues to dominate the medical aesthetic market is facial injectables. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) National Data Bank Statistics, Botulinum toxin (BOTOX®) and hyaluronic acid injections are the top two nonsurgical cosmetic procedures prevailing in the medical aesthetic industry today.
As you age, your face begins to show the effects of gravity, heredity, environmental factors, cumulative sun exposure, improper diet, and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing, frowning, and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep your skin looking youthful and plumped-up begin to break down, often creating laugh lines, smile lines, flat lips, puppet lines, crow’s feet, or facial creases where muscle movements occurs. Injectable fillers are substances injected with a tiny needle that are placed either in the dermis (the second layer of your skin) or in the deeper tissues to “fill in” the areas of your face that need “plumping.” Fillers injected into your face soften facial creases and wrinkles, improve the appearance of depressed scars, plump thin lips, elevate shallow contours, reduce nasolabial fold creases, and increase lip, cheek, or chin volume.
There are many fillers available in the United States and Europe however, only a select few are FDA approved. “Dermal fillers” are injectable substances that are the most popular and reliable ways to reduce facial wrinkles while increasing lip and facial fullness. The substance injected will determine the longevity of results and a need for longer lasting injectables spurred the development of hyaluronic acid preparations. Currently there are several forms of hyaluronic acid products on the market comprising the most popular class of injectables. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body and a normal constituent of your skin, subcutaneous tissue, and connective tissue. When injected, hyaluronic acid attracts and holds water, adding volume to the targeted area. Hyaluronic Acid lasts until your body degrades it, removed by an enzyme that is naturally present in your skin.
The results may last six months or longer and hyaluronic acid fillers can be used for:
- Lip plumping
- Facial folds such as nasolabial folds (smile lines) and marionette lines (chin)
- Facial augmentation
- Filling in wrinkles and creases
- Lifting depressions
- Increasing light exposure on your skin
- Neo Surgery Center offers dermal fillers including JUVÉDERM®, Perlane®, and Restylane® which are long lasting, crystal-clear gels made from stabilized hyaluronic acid. On average, Restylane® and Perlane last for 4-6 months while JUVÉDERM® has an FDA indication and has been shown to last 8-12 months.
JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and Perlane® are the most versatile and these dermal filler injections typically cause a consistent subtle improvement in areas of the face with results that can be seen immediately after the injection with little or no recovery time. They are exceedingly safe products with few side effects although occasional bruising, swelling, lumpiness, and/or tenderness at the implantation site have been reported. The application of any facial filler takes proficiency and Dr. Moelleken has the ability and experience necessary to make your results look symmetric.
Many people today are looking for no downtime options to look their best and BOTOX® is the leader in non-invasive treatments that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines on your face. Botulinum toxin has revolutionized the area of cosmetic enhancements in recent years because it offers a safe, effective, non-surgical alternative to reducing the visible signs of aging. Botulinum toxin A is a purified protein fashioned from the botulism bacteria. The toxin acts on the junctions between your nerves and muscles, preventing the release of a chemical messenger called acetylcholine from the nerve endings. Tiny amounts are injected into a specific facial muscle so only the targeted impulse of that muscle will be blocked causing temporary paralysis. Since the muscle can no longer make the offending facial expression, the lines gradually smooth out from disuse and creases are prevented from deepening. BOTOX® reduces muscle activity, thereby preventing the appearance of “dynamic” wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial expressions. One 10-minute treatment will yield a noticeable improvement within days in moderate to severe frown lines of the face and the overall outcome is a refreshed, more youthful appearance. Results may vary and usually last up to 4-6 months however, BOTOX® injectables are usually not sufficient for severe surface wrinkles on your face.
The most important fact to remember about injectable fillers is that the results are not permanent because your body eventually metabolizes the injected material. In some individuals, the results may last only a few weeks and you should not expect the same long-lasting results that may be gained from cosmetic surgery. Researchers believe that age, genetic background, skin quality and lifestyle, as well as the injected body site may all play a role in the injected material’s “staying power” and the precise reason for the variation of results among patients has not been identified. When injectables are administered by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent however; individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, physical reactions, and their healing abilities. By choosing Dr. Moelleken as your plastic surgeon, you can rest assured that in addition to exceptional personal service you will receive beautiful results because he believes that the “natural” look is the “best” look. Neo Surgery Center is committed to bringing you cutting edge science with a personal touch and Dr. Moelleken’s attention to detail is unparalleled while his concern for patient safety is foremost.
Injectables are sometimes used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures and Dr. Moelleken believes that when combined with other techniques, he is able to offer you a wide range of options that will fit your budget, recovery time, and aesthetic desires. The best candidates for injectable treatments are those who want to improve their appearance, have a positive attitude, and understand realistic expectations and goals. During your consultation, Dr. Moelleken will discuss whether a single procedure or a combination procedure is the best choice for you so call Neo Surgery Center today and take advantage of the beneficial procedures that can help you regain your youthful appearance.